Transesophageal Echocardiography (TEE) is a test that allows your doctor to record images of your heart from inside your esophagus.
Before the test
Do not eat or drink for 6-8 hours before the test. This includes water. Tell your doctor if you have ulcers, a hiatal hernia or problems swallowing. Arrange to have someone drive you home after the exam.
During the test
When you arrive for the procedure, you will change into a hospital gown. Your throat will be sprayed with an anesthetic to numb it. You may be given a mild sedative through an IV line in your arm to help you relax. You may also be given oxygen. Then you will be asked to lie on your left side. The doctor gently inserts the probe into your mouth. As you swallow, the tube is slowly guided into your esophagus. You may feel the doctor moving the probe. An RN monitors your heart rate, blood pressure and breathing.
After the test
You can eat and drink again when your throat is no longer numb.